In a speech laden with references to terror and violence in the streets, Donald Trump presented a dark vision of America under siege and branded himself the law-and-order candidate.
Trump’s campaign against “political correctness” has given people permission to trumpet views they may once have kept to themselves. That can get ugly.
The GOP front-runner’s calls for violence against his critics are no joke. Violence at American political rallies has never been acceptable, especially violence encouraged by the candidate.
What makes expressions such as “active shooter” and “campus lockdown” so disturbing is not just the regularity with which they are now uttered and written, but the huge disconnect between their militaristic tone and the contexts of their use.